RR Movies: Kindness

What with aid convoys and soldiers being equally bombable and refugees being compared to cheap, disposable sweets (as well as the usual, everyday cruelties that seem to be getting increasingly heartless), I’m asking for some kindness this week.

Maybe we look to films for excitement and challenges, so there aren’t too many that have kindness at their core? I’ll suggest The Sessions, based on a true story, in which a professional kindness is also a personal one.

What kind of kind film would you recommend?


Earworms 19 September 2016

Well here’s a thing.  This week American artist Jackie Paladino has sent us a link to a new song she recorded with Grammy winning producer Tyrone Corbett in New Jersey. She now lives in Brooklyn and is working on her next single.  She earned an arts scholarship to NYU and struggled to find a balance between the long college days, writing music and working overtime to pay for school. This journey is what led to the inspiration and recording of “Daddy’s Money“. And here it is, see what you think: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/09/jackie-paladino-shares-a-video-with-a-heavy-message-daddys-money.html

Meanwhile, many thanks for all the worms and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

A.C.Marias – The Whispered Year – glassarfemptee: A.C. Marias was a short lived ’80s project comprising Bruce Gilbert and Angela Conway. This hypnotic track is a cross between Twin Peaks and Pink Floyd ‘Echoes’ – don’t be put off by the slow intro. My guess is I only have the track in my iTunes because one of the more eclectic RR folk dropped it in a box. Blame them.

Abida Parveen – Chaap Tilak – Ravi Raman: Abida Parveen is an eminent Pakistani singer often dubbed as the Sufi Queen of music. Here she sings the 14th century poem by renowned Sufi poet Amir Khusro. Hugely popular in the sub-continent and still gets regular airplay as well as being performed regularly.

Bat For Lashes – If I Knew – severin: From her recently released album The Bride. A delicate ethereal thing – but enough of me, this song is quite beautiful.

Jefferson Airplane – Fat Angel – CaroleBristol: For some reason, the line ‘Fly Translove Airways, get you there on time’ popped into my head and lodged itself, and I kept on finding myself singing the tune without realising it. It is of course Jefferson Airplane from their 1968 live album Bless Its Pointed Little Head. The song is Fat Angel, originally written by Donovan and featured on his Sunshine Superman album.

Drive-By Truckers – Baggage – tincanman: American Band, due out Sept 30, tears a strip off America for its gun violence and social injustice (sneak preview with three tracks HERE). Baggage is an outlier on the album: Patterson Hood tries to reframe Robin Williams’ suicide in terms of his own depression.

Tom Rush – The Circle Game – goneforeign: Here’s a variation on Joni’s version, it was popular in the ’60’s.

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RR Forgotten Follow-Ups


I wasn’t very happy with the sub-ed. changes made to my recent RR column (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/15/readers-recommend-playlist-the-forgotten-follow-ups)  I did get a nice email from Matthew apologising for some of it, and explaining the rest. (We’ve completely hooked him now, haven’t we?)


So I figured the simplest thing to do would be to post what I wrote here. Unsurprisingly, I think it’s sharper; less flabby because it doesn’t waste time laying everything out on a plate, which Matt believes he has to do for the benefit of new or casual readers. I also particularly wanted to re-instate my third paragraph. So here it is …

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This flower is an orchid, there’s a commonly held view that growing orchids is difficult and best left to horticultural OCD’s.  Not true, all they need is a cool well lighted window sill,  occasional dilute food and regular water[weekly]

I bought this plant at Costco about 3-4 years ago, it looked just like that when I bought it, actually it is 3 plants in one pot consequently it cost a bit more than singles, I paid $18.

Supermarkets and suchlike have started selling potted orchids at their checkout lines – impulse buys, and it’s become a big business over here. I suspect that it may be similar in UK. What amazes me about this orchid is how easily and constantly it flowers. For example, it put out several flower spikes in about March this year and it looked like this by April. It flowered continually until about two weeks ago, five months!   I pruned off the dead spikes and this week there are five new flower spikes and three of them already have several buds; I guarantee that by the end of this month they will all be in full bloom and they will also last through Christmas.

I believe this variety is called Kaliedoscope, it comes in a variety of colors plus the supermarkets are selling a range of different varieties, I have about 5-6.

So if you like to have flowers in the house look out for these, you can’t beat ’em for longevity and easy maintenance.

RR Movies: Myths and Legends

The RR playlists for this topic concerned Ulysses, Avalon, Xanadu and so on, but I have chosen it because yesterday’s news item about the report recommending legalisation of cannabis in the UK for medicinal use demonstrates that the Home Office still believes in the old myth that cannabis is a harmful drug (whose active ingredient can only be turned into a beneficial drug by a profit-seeking pharmaceutical company).

Please indulge yourselves with LOTR, Labyrinth, vampires and monsters, if you will, but I’ll kick off with Calvary, a film based on the Bible story which juxtaposes reality and irrational belief to good effect (imho, as usual).

Earworms 12 September 2016

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You’re going to have to work for it this week – a playlist of two, and four internet links for your listening pleasure. Thanks for all the worms and please keep them coming to earworm@tincanland.com.

Steve Vai – Freak Show Excess – Ravi Raman: Aptly named and a favourite of my friend’s son, who plays it on a seemingly endless loop. She doesn’t like it but at least I can’t be accused of letting the flame die down.

The Real Roxanne – Bang Zoom (Let’s Go-Go) – severin: Another one from the days when I actually bought rap records – albeit the 7” versions from the bargain bins at Woolworths since I was between engagements. This is the full six-minute version, you’ll be glad to hear. No, you will… From 1986, it features a Bugs Bunny sample and is by one of the two Roxannes who fought the historic “Roxanne wars”. The other one was Roxanne Shante. Ask your granddad, he probably had a picture of her in his kit bag.

The Parrots – Jame Gumb – tincanman: Chocolate Watchband didn’t want to live like everybody else and neither did three uni friends in Madrid, who started cutting class to party and ended up in a surf-garage-punk trio. “I get my guitar,” says (frontman) Garcia. “I drink, I smoke, I start playing and Paco says, ‘Oh this is amazing!’ You think it’s too crazy but he says, ‘If you heard this from John Cale you’d think it was amazing!’” And Paco’s not wrong. http://goo.gl/3FNJLd

Salamanda – Daddy Punk – DebbyM: This track is from a band from Flensburg, up near the border to Denmark. They record at the same studio as my son and were the headline act at our summer festival this year. Great fun and a stage presence that’d put Freddy Mercury to shame!

Brenda Fassie – State of Independence – goneforeign: I came across a mix tape that I made back in about 1990, just after Nelson Mandela was released. On it is this wonderful cut by Brenda Fassie who’s father was Mandela’s brother; she’s his niece. In English the song’s titled A Day of Independence, there’s a video of her performing it for Nelson, it’s at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf-ngInkOc8. This is a different version to the one we’ve had previously.

The Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – AliM: I heard this on the radio yesterday; it’s new to me but was released in 2008 by Irish band The Script. It’s cheesy pop at it’s best, I think – apparently it reached No.2 in the UK charts, but I must have been asleep at the time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS9o1FAszdk

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